Professor Filip Kovacevic

Filip Kovacevic

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Filip Kovacevic is an adjunct professor in the Departments of Politics and International Studies. As a Montenegrin author, social justice activist, and geopolitical analyst, Prof. Kovacevic has lectured and taught across Europe, the Balkans, the former USSR, and the U.S., including two years at Smolny College, the first liberal arts college in Russia, operating under the auspices of St. Petersburg State University. He received fellowships from the Open Society Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prof. Kovacevic is a board member of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) and a development director for the North American Society for Intelligence History (NASIH).

Prof. Kovacevic specializes in Russian and Eurasian intelligence history and spy fiction and is involved in the analytic study and translation of documents from the KGB archives. He is a contributor to the Wilson Center's Cold War International History Program. In July 2022, he signed a book contract with the University of Toronto Press for KGB Literati: Spy Fiction and State Security in the Soviet Union.


  • PhD University of Missouri-Columbia

Selected Publications

  • "The Russian Book Publishers and the Positive Image of Soviet-Era State Security and Intelligence Services: A Survey of Publications in Putin’s Russia,” Journal of Cold War Studies, forthcoming.
  • "Nikolay Dolgopolov: The Storyteller of Soviet Intelligence History,” Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 36, No. 5, 745-753 (2021).
  • "Operation HORIZON: A KGB Counterintelligence Operation Against the West,” Sources & Methods: A Blog of the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program, June 30, 2021.
  • “Intelligence Services in Kazakhstan,” in Bob de Graaff, ed. Intelligence Communities and Cultures in Asia and the Middle East, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2020, pp. 177-196.
  • “How Russia Trains Its Spies: The Past and Present of Russian Intelligence Education” in Liam Gearon, ed. The Routledge International Handbook of Universities, Security, and Intelligence Studies. London and New York: Routledge, 2019, pp. 187-195.
  • “The FSB Literati: The First Prize Winners of the Russian Federal Security Service Literature Award Competition, 2006-2018,” Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 34, No. 5, 637-653 (2019).
  • “The Ex-Yugoslav States and the 2015 Refugee/Migrant Crisis: Victims or Opportunists?” Political and Military Sociology: An Annual Review, Vol. 45: 54-70 (2017).
  • "NATO's Neocolonial Discourse and Its Resisters: The Case of Montenegro," Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 31, No. 1, 43-59 (2017).
  • "Dissidence, Intellectuals, and Lacanian Psychoanalysis: The Case of Miroslav Krleža's Banquet in Blitva," Debatte: Journal of Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge), Vol. 21, No. 2-3, 127-141 (2013).
  • “On Power and Time: Reflections on The Fortress by Mesa Selimovic,” Eastern European Politics & Societies, Vol. 25, No. 3, 640-652 (2011).
  • "Liberating Oedipus? Psychoanalysis as Critical Theory." Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.
  • “Montenegro and the Politics of Postcommunist Transition: 1990 to 2006,” Mediterranean Quarterly: A Journal of Global Issues, Vol. 18, No.3, 72-93 (2007).